The Japanese studio, responsible for the two Octopath Traveler games, is now a subsidiary of Kadokawa, the corporate group that also owns FromSoftware.
Since the launch of Octopath Traveler 2 in February last year, there has been no news about a possible new installment of the saga or a new JRPG from Acquire. If you recall, this Japanese studio conquered players with the first Octopath Traveler.
In both the first and the second title, Acquire operated alongside Square Enix, which took care of releasing the games on different platforms.
New times are coming for the developers of Acquire, because an important piece of news has just been confirmed that, in one way or another, unites its destiny with that of FromSoftware.
But, what relationship unites Acquire with FromSoftware? Very easy: from now on, both studios belong to the same parent company.
We are talking about Kadokawa Corporation, an important business group in Japan, which also holds such important agents as Spike Chunsoft. Sony owns a percentage of the group.
Kadokawa buys Acquire
The Kadokawa group has presented its financial results for the third quarter of the fiscal year, confirming important news for the Japanese video game industry.
The parent company of FromSoftware has announced the acquisition of Acquire, a Japanese studio known for developing Octopath Traveler, Octopath Traveler II, the games of Akiba’s Beat or No More Heroes Allowed VR.
In this way, Acquire becomes a subsidiary of Kadokawa, and will operate as such. The problem, yes, is that the IP of Octopath Traveler belongs to Square Enix.
That is, the possibility of seeing a third Octopath Traveler game is complicated, unless Square Enix and Kadokawa come to an agreement. This is a similar case to that of Little Nightmares with Tarsier and Supermassive in Bandai Namco.
The report says the following regarding this transaction:
“To strengthen the ability to create intellectual properties in games, as part of our business strategy, we have turned ACQUIRE Corp. into a wholly-owned subsidiary“.
The Kadokawa group does not rule out the possibility of movements between its studios, such as FromSoftware and Spike Chunsoft, to organize development teams in games.
“By acquiring the company, which has produced titles with millions of sales, we expect to generate synergies with our existing subsidiaries related to games, strengthen our planning and development capabilities throughout the group and improve our console game lineup“.
Do not expect to see collaborations of Elden Ring with Octopath Traveler, because the term ”synergies” is related to work structures within the Kadokawa group.
The latest game from Acquire was Octopath Traveler II, one of the best role-playing games of recent years, which you can play on PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Has the option of a new game of the IP vanished forever?